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Unread postby sable » Sat May 03, 2008 11:38 pm

27.02.2008 Mountain Zebra National Park
Mountain Zebra National Park was another „long time no see“ National Park on our route this year. During our stay in the year 2001 there were no animals in the valley close to the camp.
This time we were lucky to meet Springboks, Red hartebeests, Black wildebeests and ostrichs right after the gate.

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Lovely greeting for our this year's day visit. :wink:

At the camp reception we got our permit and bought cold drinks at the shop.
Soon we were on our way to plateau. There is tarred road until the top is reached then the road continues with gravel.
Kranskop Loop was closed, so we took again the Rooiplaat Loop which I drove during our last visit. Last time there was a heavy thunderstorm at the plateau and I was very close to getting stuck in the mud due to heavy rain falls.

This time SO was driving and at the beginning the gravel road seemed to be much better. The first animals we saw at the plateau were again springboks.

Imagelarger view

A Black wildebeest paused in the high grass.

Imagelarger view

It seems the zebras recently had a lot of rain. The gravel road turned out to be more and more muddy. I already saw myself with all our luggage deep in the mud.
A little pool arrived at the road. :wink:

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More springboks and Black wildebeest,

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some resting blesboks ...

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... and our first Mountain Zebras for this visit arrived close to the road.

Imagelarger view

Reports 2008
West Coast National Park
Cape of Good Hope National Park and Boulders
Karoo National Park, Addo Elephant National Park,
Mountain Zebra National Park
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Reports 2013
Bontebok for Beginners, Tsitsikamma - Bridges and Electric Wheels, ADDO-rable Elephants,
Horns And Stripes - A Day in MZNP, Up in the Air - Camdeboo Impressions,
Table With A View, West Coast Adventures

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Unread postby sable » Sun May 04, 2008 8:20 pm

On our Rooiplaat route we came across Black wildebeests in very deep grass.

Imagelarger view

:shock: The gravel road had this very muddy challenge for us and our rented Golf.

Imagelarger view

I was glad that I closed the window before we took this path, otherwise there would have been a mudpack for me.
As we passed our challenge more beauties of the park arrived. :)

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It is so lovely to watch them in this wonderful landscape.

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Another try for a portrait picture, but these zebras are very shy ones...

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... and soon they ran away.

At the end of the loop one more Black wildebeest arrived ...

Imagelarger view

... and it was again time to say „Good bye“ to this wonderful part of the Karoo landscape.

Imagelarger view

Reports 2008
West Coast National Park
Cape of Good Hope National Park and Boulders
Karoo National Park, Addo Elephant National Park,
Mountain Zebra National Park
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Reports 2013
Bontebok for Beginners, Tsitsikamma - Bridges and Electric Wheels, ADDO-rable Elephants,
Horns And Stripes - A Day in MZNP, Up in the Air - Camdeboo Impressions,
Table With A View, West Coast Adventures

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Unread postby sable » Mon May 05, 2008 9:11 pm

Our video starts with a view of the camp's valley and continues with our sightings at Rooiplaat loop.

Stripes and more

Reports 2008
West Coast National Park
Cape of Good Hope National Park and Boulders
Karoo National Park, Addo Elephant National Park,
Mountain Zebra National Park
Reports 2013
Bontebok for Beginners, Tsitsikamma - Bridges and Electric Wheels, ADDO-rable Elephants,
Horns And Stripes - A Day in MZNP, Up in the Air - Camdeboo Impressions,
Table With A View, West Coast Adventures


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